The World Biofuels Markets, Europe’s largest conference and exhibition focused on biofuels, announced an interactive keynote session entitled “Food vs. Fuel: The Global Debate Continues.” Moderated by BBC Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman, the panel of experts will address the realities and myths of the impact biofuels are having on food stocks, pricing and poverty around the world, with a goal of settling once and for all this divisive issue.
“As biofuels increasingly play a larger role in the global supply of energy, this one issue continues to draw attention of scientists, policymakers, and entrepreneurs alike,” said Nadim Chaudhry, Managing Director of Green Power Conferences and World Biofuels Markets. “Mr. Paxman’s experience and expertise in this type of setting, as well as the combined knowledge of the panelists, is sure to draw out key insights and define this debate in an entirely new way than we’ve heard before.”
Although biofuels have been commercially used in some parts of the world for nearly two decades, there continues to be disagreement about the true impact their use has on the price and availability of global food supplies. Paxman will lead a discussion by key figureheads in the industry such as Farah Karimi, Executive Director of Oxfam Novib (The Netherlands) who will present their positions and facts. Delegates attending the conference will have opportunities to directly address the panel of experts throughout the session to increase the diversity of opinions and questions on this critical topic.
The 7th annual World Biofuels Markets will take place March 13-15, 2012 at the Beurs-World Trade Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The event is expected to draw more than 1,500 attendees from 80 countries and will include 275 expert speakers covering key topics such as Aviation Sustainability, Energy Crops, Finance & Investment, Biofuels from Waste, and Biogas in Transportation. Co-located with World Biofuels Markets will be the Bio-Based Chemicals and Biopower Generation conferences featuring the leading companies and technologies within these emerging sectors.
World Biofuels Markets will also feature the presentation of the 2012 Sustainable Biofuels Awards, designed to recognize the tremendous innovation that is taking place in the development of truly sustainable and renewable fuels. Award nominations are now open in the ten different categories covering transportation fuels, aviation, biopower generation and biobased chemicals. More information on the awards, conference agenda, and registration is available at www.worldbiofuelsmarkets.com, by following World Biofuels Markets on Twitter @wbmnews, or by joining the LinkedIn World Biofuels Market NEWS group.
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